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FAQ Description

The purpose of this section is to collect some commonly asked questions that deal more with the "what", the general facts related to our 1:1 device deployment.  

Question

Which grade levels are currently participating in the 1:1 roll-out?

Answer

6th through 12th grade are 1:1.  This means that they get to take the devices home.

1st-5th grade devices are kept at school in carts, with enough devices to have 1 per student.

Kindergarten grade are kept at school in carts, with enough devices to have 1 for every 2 students.

Question

What devices are we rolling out for 1:1?

Answer

6th - 8th grade students use a full size iPad.

9th - 12th grade use a 13" MacBook Air.  

Our in-school devices are primarily full size iPads for grades K-5.  Some iPad minis remain in use in carts and elsewhere.

Question

Will the devices have cases?

Answer

The iPad uses a tough rubberized case. The MacBooks are being provided with a sleeve style case.

Question

Is Internet access filtered on these devices?

Answer

Yes; more detail on our filtering can be found here:

Filtering & Restrictions

Question

Will students be able to access the App Store?

Answer

We have set up a Shakopee App Store, shown on the device as Self Service.  Within the Self Service area users will find a selection of apps that have been specifically chosen for their grade level or subject area. 

Question

Do students need an Apple ID account?

Answer

Students are not required to have an Apple ID.  We create an Apple Classroom account for each student so that staff can use Apple Classroom (particularly on iPads).  That account does not work on the app store or really have any use beyond Apple Classroom.  

Question

What does the insurance plan cover?  

Answer

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Question

How much does insurance cost?

Answer

Fees for 2019-2020 will be: $20 for iPad and $60 for MacBook.  This is an annual cost.  We allow the MacBook insurance to be paid in multiple installments.  Students with financial hardship or who qualify for free or reduced lunch may request a waiver of the insurance fee.